School Details

Poquoson High School

51 Odd Rd, Poquoson, VA 23662
(757) 868-7123
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 816 students 17 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Poquoson City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Poquoson High School is a public high school in Poquoson. The principal of Poquoson High School is Mr. Bernard Wright. 816 children attend Poquoson High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 8% of the 816 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Poquoson High School is 17:1. Tabb High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 95% 94%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.6%
Hispanic 0.7% 0.9%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I rate this school below average because they are not welcoming to outsiders. They will tell you they are but are not. Also DO NOT MOVE to this town if you are African American. My daughter came home repeatedly telling me some of the racist remarks said/allowed (2008-2010) I still own my house there and would not have moved to this town if I had known how racist it was. I know my/any child should not have their cell phone at school when the rule says no. But somehow they think they can keep the childs cell phone even if you as a parent go to retrieve it. I told them I am the one who pays for it. give it to me .. they give it back only after the alloted time has passed for whatever number offense it is. EXTREMELY CLIQUISH

  • (3 years ago)

    Honestly Poquoson is a mixed bag. The students are mostly welcoming though there are always some who aren't. The teachers are split; I had some amazing ones and some that I still don't know why they teach or how they get away with it. However I must say that the academic program is beyond-awful. The guidance department does little to help students truly prepare for college and the courses offered are sparse. Especially for advanced students you should hope that your child is interested in Math or Science. If your is interested more in History or English be prepared for them to take classes online. I did and it was awful. The guidance councilors will steer your child in the direction they want not necessarily what you and/or your child want to do. I for example was forced into classes I did not sign up for and it took 3 weeks before my schedule was changed. Overall the people are fairly nice the teachers are (mostly) wonderful but the academic program is terrible.

  • (4 years ago)

    You better believe this school and community isn't welcoming. Look at the coaches and teachers; most of them grew up together went to school together and are only concerned about looking out for their children or their friends' kids. It's a clique at all levels and the parents encourage it! It is strange like most of the parents never got past a high-school mentality themselves and blatantly play favorites. It's a shame because most of the "move-ins" are military familes who have so much broader perspective and yes intelligence.

  • (4 years ago)

    Let's hope this "not welcoming stuff" is not the case. I'm very active in the community and with my 3 children. I have one in Elementary Middle and High. I look forward to my move and look forward to making some new friends. We will move here over the winter holiday due to my husband's job. See you shortly! Lisa

  • (4 years ago)

    I moved to Poquoson my 10th grade year. Perhaps it was the family name but I never found it hard to fit in. It can be a little cliquish with the sports but even as a quiet student I was accepted and welcomed very quickly. The teachers are great the staff caring and the classes challenging. But even as an adult have found that graduating poquoson high is looked upon more favorably by some due to the higher standards.

  • (5 years ago)

    I moved to Poquoson when I was 7 years old and attended Elementary Middle and High School. I just wanted to set the record straight as a move in yes ANY child will take awhile to acclimate to their new surroundings. I actually attended Tabb Elementary for one semester and I can tell you that I came home crying almost every day. The kids at Poquoson were very welcoming and friendly and I had no problem joining any of the three varsity sports I played or the 10 clubs I was in (and was an officer of two). You know you are attending a good school when literally half of the governor's school attendees are from Poquoson and we also have the highest percentage of acceptances into UVA and VA Tech. If you want your child to have the best education possible while enjoying it come to Poquoson.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Poquoson Elementary Middle and High (C/O 02). Although I moved there in 1993 I was always considered a 'move-in.' But the teachers are the best around. Each one cares 100% about each student. The courses are tough...not just the advanced ones. There is a very high standard. I agree with the other post the more you get involved with the local community the better your chances of being accepted. Also if you blend in you will be better off there is little tolerance for people who are 'different.' I married a local so maybe I am no longer a move-in...but probably not! Those who don't rock the boat will leave with the best education and little to no emotional scaring LOL! Go Bull Islanders!

  • (6 years ago)

    I know that moving into Poquoson is not an easy thing to do but if you are involved in the community and socially active your children will be welcome. If you are not involved the children will find it difficult unless they are very social. My youngest son is so accepted that he has more friends than he can handle.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the student above. My husband is the military and before we moved to Virginia I did alot of research to find the best school that is why we selected Poquoson. The student body does not welcome new kids. The students grew up together they do things and go places as a group friends and will not ask the new kids. There are a group of girls that go to Bush Garden every year my daughter asked if she may with them and the girls looked at each th leader said it has been their trad tion to go together and the new kids are not wecomed. a

  • (7 years ago)

    PHS is a great school--IF your family moved here with the Pilgrims. 'Move-ins' are treated worse than illegal aliens. If you want to play sports you better jump higher run faster bench press more weight and look better than the team captain. Otherwise politics will keep you on the bench or in the stands. The social life isn't much better for new arrivals...

  • (7 years ago)

    Good teachers; not a very welcoming student body.

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